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The Japan we fail to see - Dynastic tables

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The Japan we fail to see - Dynastic tables

As soon ancestor worship kicks in, dynastic tables appear. The unenvied privilege of noble houses in Europe, detailed birth records going back many generations are a normal feature of family life in animistic cultures. To worship your ancestors you must know who they are. Things get very complicated pretty soon, so writing them down is indispensable. But here comes the interesting part. In dynastic tables nobody has an equal. Because of a combination of blood affiliation and age, everyone has a unique position. Consequently, this type of society has strong hierarchies, but weak interpersonal relationships. They develop complex language to...

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Animism in Japan

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Animism in Japan

Science is not, as many believe, accumulated knowledge but, like animism, a method of analysis. It can be summed up as “Always verify your statements against reality, and pay attention to the results of your verification. Draw your conclusions and repeat the process”.  Verification is paramount. Whatever cannot be somehow verified is irrelevant. Historiography, psychology, sociology and other disciplines partly based on subjective experience pose problems of verification, but there are ways to contain the problem through tools like statistics and polls.The rise of of science occurred in Europe because the way we interpreted reality had already changed and we...

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